Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

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Company’s Unusual Response to Citations Wins Praise from OSHA

When OSHA inspectors returned to an Atlanta food manufacturing facility and found previously cited hazards had reoccurred, the company management took an unusual step: company representatives told OSHA the company accepted responsibility for the safety and health hazards and signed a pre-citation settlement agreement with OSHA on January 15.

Decision Clears the Way for OSHA to Order Enterprise-Wide Abatement

An administrative law judge has cleared the way for a contested OSHA hazard abatement case to go to court. Read the article to find out why this decision may affect your business, especially if you have multiple worksites.

Fines Stack Up for Missouri Warehouse Over Reporting Rule

Recent citations against a logistics company demonstrate that OSHA is serious about changes in its reporting requirements. Find out what this employer failed to do.

Feds Announce New Push to Prosecute Worker Protection Violations

The United States government says it’s going after those who criminally endanger the lives and health of workers. Keep reading to learn about this important new effort to hold employers accountable for their actions.

CWA Jurisdictional Case goes to the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court continued its keen interest in the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA) by agreeing to hear a case about whether a jurisdictional determination (JD) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) constituted a final action by the Corps. The Supreme Court will review a ruling by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, which found that the JD did constitute a final agency action. This finding directly conflicted with rulings by a district court and the 5th Circuit.

Hospitality Employers Take Note—Your Next Guest May Be an OSHA Inspector

An attorney who specializes in OSHA compliance is warning hospitality industry employers not to become complacent because they have never been inspected. Find out why he’s urging vigilance.

EPA’s eDisclosure Portal has Launched!

Effective December 9, 2015, the EPA launched a new tool that allows regulated entities to electronically report self-discovered violations. The tool, called eDisclosure, will function under the Agency’s two self-policing incentive policies—the 2000 Incentives for Self-Policing Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations and the 2000 Small Business Compliance Policy.

Gravedigger Incident Underscores Cave-In Risks

It was a frightening moment for a New York gravedigger when a grave opening he was working on collapsed on him. Find out what happened and make sure your employees aren’t at risk for trench collapses.

Two Court Cases Find in Favor of the EPA

EPA’s nonattainment designations of two counties—one in Montana and one in Michigan—under the Agency’s 2010 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2) were challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in two separate petitions that the court consolidated. According to the court, the two claims had “virtually nothing in common” except that they were both challenging the designations. In both instances the D.C. Circuit panel found in favor of the EPA.

Report Identifies Ongoing Concerns at Indiana OSHA

An assessment of Indiana OSHA’s (IOSHA) progress in meeting performance goals paints a picture of a potentially floundering agency.

Federal OSHA recently reported on its follow up Federal Annual Monitoring Evaluation (FAME), which assessed the state OSHA program’s progress in meeting goals identified in an evaluation last year. Current findings list staff shortages; problems with completed inspections; and failure to follow OSHA directives regarding alliances, partnership programs, and whistleblower cases.